Thursday, May 31, 2007

Green Stuff

Bead Pods - Green Beads

Bead Pods-Purple Beads

A couple of abstract pieces I did recently -- acrylic paint on red rosin paper.

This was inspired by another abstract painting I saw in a much different color scheme. The little "grid" things are pieces of painted canvas paper. THe shine on the piece diminishes some of its effect.

This piece was inspired by the Holy Family Shrine in Gretna, Nebraska.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

What one is...

I call this collage "What one is..." after the wording on the collage.

Did another "Big Boy" today. These hunk-images are from Tallulah's. He's for sale on Etsy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Thoracic Cavity Guy

Update 5-25: I've decided that Thoracic Cavity Guy is finished, and I've put him up for sale on Etsy.

I've been working on this forever -- anyone have any ideas on how to finish this piece? Or is it done?

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Cheap Trick - Gear Dude

If you haven't visited Michelle Ward's Street Team, go take a look. Every month she posts a new prompt, and you post an example of the idea in the prompt to your blog, and link to your blog via a comment on the prompt.

Anyway, this month's prompt is "Cheap Tricks", and for my first cheap trick, I'm showing hardware (the little washers that look like gears).

Monday, May 14, 2007

Red Hot

A possible page for the Red Chunky Book I am hosting. I am having a hard time getting enthusiastic about this kind of art, the all-to-predictible collage style. Hopefully this lack of enthusiasm will translate into some new kinds of work...some exploration.

Spend much of the weekend slopping gesso and paint onto red rosin paper, and actually finished a couple of things that I like. They are too large to scan, and photos produce a glare off the paint/gel medium, so I haven't posted them. Both are about 18 x 24" (or larger), and are both monochromatic greens. One of them was inspired by the Holy Family Shrine in Gretna, Nebraska; the other was inspired by a painting I saw in a house I wrote a news-type story about.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Fun with Greenpepper Press Stamps

Got these stamps from Greenpepper Press a couple of weeks ago, and was just playing around with them on a peeled/torn paper background. I stamped a lot of this on tissue paper for the transparent effect, in fact the eggs consist of about four layers of tissue paper stamped with the various egg patterns in different shades.

Greenpepper Press is Michelle Ward's stamp company -- she is also doing something very cool with something she calls the GPP Street Team -- go check it out.

Did another "Anatomy of the Heart," but I don't think I'll surpass the first one that I made. Still, it's interesting to repeat something and see if it takes off in another direction.

My question: is it macaroni gluing or is it art?

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Art & Spirituality

I remember reading a quote from Lynn Perrella a couple of years ago, that she draws every day as a gratitude ritual. And I couldn't have said it better. Every time I make something, I'm being thankful.

This is part of the piece I did in her Wabi-Sabi workshop last August. That whole day was such a joy, it was all about process and imperfection and self-discovery, and spiritual growth. That whole day was about doing that and doing it in a spirit of community. As the hostess of the workshop said, "there were a lot of happy artists there."